The HSE was criticised this Monday over its housing policy by members of Nenagh’s Joint Policing Committee.
The criticism came following a daytime assault in one of the town’s housing estates that left two people needing hospital treatment.
“With housing comes responsibility, and the HSE is not doing that,” declared JPC chair Cllr Tom Moylan.
“We’ve spoken to the HSE before but people feel they are just moving the problems from one area to another. We’ve had problems in the past with people who are not native to the town being allocated houses,” he said.
He said people were entitled to a house but, unlike the town council, other agencies were not taking responsibility when they allocated a house.
“There has been a trend of people coming here that are not native to this area and there is huge concern over it,” he said.
He said that private landlords were not always aware of what type of tenant was being placed in their houses and it had now come to a head and was a major issue.
Cllr Moylan proposed calling in the HSE to discuss the issue.
Cllr Seamus Morris described the incident as “frightening” and an “extreme incident”.
He pinned the problem on officials who allocate houses or B&Bs and are then “not at the end of a phone”, leaving the council and councillors to “pick up the pieces”.
“The Gardai will get a call, councillors will get a call but the person who allocated the house won’t get the phonecall,” he said.
However, community representative Martin Langton maintained that the HSE “don’t listen to anybody. It is time to put it up to them.”
He described anti-social behaviour as being “like a virus”.